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Franchise Influencers: Rhyan Finch, Owner and CEO, 1st Class Real Estate

As part of our annual Influencer Issue, 1851 Franchise has enlisted the help of the franchise community to compile a list of the top people making moves in the franchise industry.

By Savannah BilboStaff Writer
7:07AM 03/10/23

Rhyan Finch

Owner and CEO

Rhyan is the broker, owner and founder of 1st Class Real Estate and 1st Class Franchising. In 2005, Rhyan became a licensed real estate agent with a nationally known franchise firm in Virginia Beach and quickly exploded as he gained 100+ listings on the market after finding his niche in short sales! Rhyan became certified in distressed properties, short sales and foreclosures. As a new agent, Rhyan had great success and earned the Re/Max International 100% Club in 2007 and 2008. 

In 2008, Rhyan gave himself a promotion and started his own real estate team: The Rhyan Finch Real Estate Team. He began with one agent (himself!) and quickly grew to five agents within just a few months. At the time, Rhyan recognized what was going on with the real estate market. When the bust came, he quickly became an expert on distressed properties. In five years, Rhyan had taken his newfound real estate career in a crashing market to the number one team in Hampton Roads.

In 2012, the team grew to selling over 900 homes and consequently was named the #7 Real Estate Team in the U.S. by the Wall Street Journal and the #1 Platinum Mega Team In Hampton Roads by the Realtor Association. After this track record of success, Rhyan decided it was time for the team to branch out and founded 1st Class Real Estate, an independent real estate firm located in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  

Now in 2022, as CEO and principal broker, he has led the company to rank in the top 4% of real estate companies in the Hampton Roads area with over 1,000 agents and locations nationwide. His powerful leadership, knowledge and desire to excel has proven a track record of success for exponential growth. Rhyan started this company with one goal in his heart: to change lives. Here at 1st Class Real Estate, their mission is to “change lives and sell a few homes along the way…”. 

With a desire to do more and give more, Rhyan is on a mission to increase the success rate of all of those in this industry. Using tips and trade secrets, he has now franchised their proven and winning model to help the everyday real estate agent grow their own real estate team in their local markets all over the country.   

About 1st Class Real Estate1st Class Real Estate is a full-service real estate company that desires to help clients grow their business! Like everyone else, they offer competitive splits and support. However, it is their culture that sets them apart from the rest. They’ve made it possible for clients to grow their business with a team of individuals and without breaking the bank!